Diabetes - Insulin

In the middle-aged and elderly population, moderate alcohol consumption slightly reduced overall mortality.

So says a study of almost a half-million men and women reported in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Most of this improvement was in the reduction of heart disease and stroke. But....the same study also demonstrated an increase in deaths due to breast cancer.

Women drinking at least one drink a day had a 30% greater mortality than non-drinkers.

The moral here is to arm yourself with as many facts as possible before deciding whether, or how much, to drink.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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